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'' . r: THE PITTSBUEG DISPATCH, MONDAY,' FEBRUARY 4, 1889.' 7 "'
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NOW FIRST PUBLISHED.
. The Pennycomequicks
Written for THE DISPATCH by
Author Of"MEHALAH,""COUETEOYAI,,""JOHN HEKBIU G," "THE GAYEBOCKS,"EtC
IALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
CHAPTER I Shaking the Tkee.
There is an aboriginal race in Borneo, of which it is said that they dispose ot their aged
parents and relatives in an interesting, novel and altogether aboriginal fashion.
They courteously, but withal peremptorily, require them periodically to climb trees,
and when they are well up and grappling the branches, they shake the trees. If the
venerable representatives of the earlier generation hold on, they are pronounced to be still
green; but if they drop, they are adjudged ripe, are fallen upon and eaten, the palms of
the hands and the soles of the feet being reserved as the prerogative of the heir-at-law, as
the richest morsels.
"We do nothing of this sort in Christendom, least of all in civilized England. God,
we thank Thee that we are not as other men are, even as these Borneans, for the conver
sion of whom we put np prayer at the family altar, that is, the breakfast-table, or offer
our mite s veritable mite, a microscopic fraction of our income. "We look in England on
our aged relatives with reverence, not with greed, and if we butter them, it is not because
we desire to cat them, but because they are susceptible to butter. "We never calculate the
number of pounds they weigh, we never look hungrily at their palms, and never put tti e
ladder against the tree, and with hat off and proJcssions of respect and endearment invite
them to climb. The Esquimaux act very differently from the Borneans, they take their.
ancient relations, ana put mem out 01 taeir uuia m tuu cuiu, nuu icuve uiem to ireeze or starve.
"What a stride humanity has made with us! IVe deal with our poor, meager relative in this way!
We! as little do we turn them out in the cold as we do fall upon and eat up our plump ones, like
"One of the pleasures of having a rout, is the pleasure of having it over," said Tom Hood, in
his poem of Miss Kilimansegg and her Golden Leg. and he said truly most truly, when that
rout was one of obligation or of interest, or of obligation and interest combined, when it was not
a spontaneous burst of hospitality, but a labored affair, and like a labored literary effort
heavy. Mrs. Sidebottom, or as she was pleased to accentuate her name. Siddy-bot-TOME, sat before
thef.re with her silk evening skirt turned up over her knees to prevent it from becoming
scorched, and with her neat little feet on the fender.
What tricks we do play with our names to deliver them from the suspicion of vulgarity.
How wo double tbe capital F's. and convert the i's into y's, so that common little Finches can
strut as Flinches ana insignificant Smiths can add a cubit to their stature as Smythes. How for
distinction we canonize our final syllables and convert Singeons into St. Johns, and Slodgers
into St Ledger; and elevate Mungv into Mont Jove, and Gallicise our Mullens into Molleynes,
take the blackness out of Death by spelling it De'Ath, and even turn a Devil into De Ville.
The candles had been blown out on the chimney piece, in the sconces on the walls, and on
the piano. A savor of extingubhed candles pervaded the room.
Mrs. Siddy-bot-TOME her name is given as pronounced once again, that it may stamp itself
on the memory of the reader Mrs. Siddy-bot-TOME (the third time is final) sat by the Are with
puckered lips and brows. She was thinking. She was a lady of 50. well verv well preserved,
without a grey hair or a wrinkle, with fair skin and light eyes, and hair the coior of hemp. Her
eyelashes were lighter still, so light as to be almost white the white not In fashion attho time,
but about to come into fashion, of a creamy tinge.
She was not a clever woman by any means, not a woman of broad sympathies, but a woman
who generally had her own way through the force and energy of her character, and as that force
was always uireciea in ohp direction, ana Her energy always exertea lor one purpose, She ac
complished more than did many far cleverer women. She rarely failed to carry her point,
whatever that point was.
Whatever that point was, it was invariably one that revolved about herself, as the moon
about the earth in the universe, as Papageno about Papagena, in the "Magic Flute," and as the
cork attached to the cat's tail in the nursery.
If Mrs. Sidebottom had been a really clever woman, she would have concealed her ends and
aims, as those who are smuggling lace or silk, coil them about tbem, and hide them in their um
brellas under their cloaks, and in their bosoms. But she lacked this cleverness, or failed to ad
mit that seltish aims were contraband. We are all selfish, from the smallest herb, that strives to
outrun and smother those herbs that crow about it; through the robin Pccksy. that snaps the
norm from its sister Flapsy: and the doc that holds the manger against the ox; to ourselves, the
crown of creation and the climax of self-seeking, but we do not show it. The snail has telescopic
eyes, wherewith to peer for something he may appropriate to himself; but the snail, when he
thinks himself observed, withdraws his horns and conceals them behind a dimple.
Mrs. Sidebottom was cither too eager or too careless, or for charity hopeth all things too
sincere, to disguise her horns. She thrust them this way, that way; they went np to take bird's
eye views; they dived beneath, to survey matters subterranean; they went round corners, de
scribed coikscrcws, to observe things from every conceivable aspect. They were thrust down
throits and into pockets, nnd though small, were of thousandfold magnifying power, like those
of a fly, and, like those of a prophet, saw into futurity, and like those of the historian, explored
the past, r
In a lounging chair, also near the fire, but not monopolizing the middle like his mother, sat
Captain Pcnnycomcquick, the son of Mrs. Sidebottom. He wore asmoking jacket, braided with
red or brown; and was engaged languidly on a cigarette case, looking for a suitable cigarette.
Mrs. Sidebottom's maiden name had been Pennycomequick, and as she despised her married
name, even when accentuated past recognition, she had persuaded her son to exchange his des
ignation, by royal license, to Pennycomequick.
But euphony was not the sole or principal motive in Mrs. Sidebottom that induced her to
move her son to make this alteration. She was the daughter of a manufacturer, now some time
deceased, in the large Yorkshire village or small town of Mergatroyd in the West Ridinz. bv his
second wife. Her halfbrother by the first wife now owned the mill, was the head and proooi the
family, and was esteemed to be rich.
, She was moderately well provided for. Sne had a sort of lien on the factory, and the late
Mr. Sidebottom. solicitor, had left something. But what is four hundred per annum to a woman
with a son in the army dependent on her. and with a soul too big for her purse with laree re
quirements, an ambition that conld onlv lip aatisfipri on thnnmii mr Wnnin .,.,,. ...
be content on half rations that had capacity for whole ones? On the fringe of the Arctic circle
a song is sung that "Iceland is the fairest land that ever the sun beheld," but It is only sunc bv
those who have never been elsewhere. Sow, Mrs. Sidebottom had seen much more luxuriant
and snugger conditions of existence than that which can bo maintained on four hundred a year
For instance, her friend, Mrs. Tomkins, having six hundred, was ablo to keep a little carriage"
and Miss Jones onathousand.liad a footman and a butler. Consequently Mrs. Sidebottom was by
no means inclined to acqmesce in a boreal and glacial existence of four hundred, and sav that it
was the best of states that ever the sun beheld.
Mrs. Sidebottom's half-brother, Jeremiah Pennycomequick, was unmarried and aged Si Bhc
knew his ace to a dav, naturally, being his sister, and she sent him congratulations on his recur
rent birthday every "birthday brought her nearer to his accumulations. She knew his tempera
ment, naturally, being his sister, and could reckon his chances of life as accurately as the clerk
in the Assurance office. To impress the fact of her relationship on Jeremiah, to obtain. If possi
ble, some influence over him, at all events to hedge out others from exercising power over his
mind, Mrs. Sidebottom had lately migrated to Mergatroyd and had brought her son with her.
She was the rather moved to do this, as her whole brother, Nicholas Pennycomequick. had just
died. There had been no love lost between Jeremiah and Nicholas, and now that Nicholas was
no more, it was possible that his son Philip might be received into favor, and acquire gradually
such influence over his uncle as to prejudice him against herself and her son. To prevent this
prevent in both its actual and its original significations Mrs. Sidebottom had pulled up her
tentpegs, and had encamped at Mergatroyd. .,,,..
The captain wore crimson-silk stockings and glazed pumps. He had neat little feet, like his
mother. When he had lighted a cigarette, he blew a whiff of smoke, then held up one of his
feet and contemplated it.
"My dear Lambert," said Mrs. Sidebottom, "I wish you could slip those red stockings of
yours Into your uncle'sbeetle-crushers."
They would be too roomy for me," said the Captain.
"Not at all, Lamb. Your feet would expand to fill his shoes," argued his mother.
"Mv feet are pinched enough now certainly" sighed Lambert Pennycomequick.
" This dinner will not have cost ns nothing," mused Mrs. Sidebottom. looking dreamily into
the coals. "The champagne was six-and-six a bottle, and three bottles were drunk," she also
heaved a sigh.
" Almost a pound. Surely, Gooseberry would have done."
"No, Lamb I it would not It never does to be stingy in such matters. Though how wo are
to pav for it all " Mrs. Sidebottom left the sentence as unsettled as the bill for the champagne
was likely to remain.
" I don't see whv yon should not tell Undo Jeremiah how crippled we are."
"Never," said his mother decisively. "Man's heart as naturally closes against impecunious
relatives as does a tulip against rain. When you are bathing, Lamb, yon never voluntarily swim
within reach of an octopus. If you see one coming, with its eyes fixed on you, and its feelers
extended, you strike out for dear life, which is full of these many armed hungry creatures. The
waters are alive with them, great as a needy relation, and small as a begging letter. It is
insufficient to know how to swim, one must know also how to kick out and keep away from
octopuses. No, Jeremiah must nnt suppose that wo want anything of him."
" It seems to me, mother," said Lambert, "that you might just as well tell him we are in
difficulties and need his assistance. 1 am sure he sees it; ho was very cold and reserved to-night"
"Not on any account Yon are quite mistaken; he has not a suspicion. Lot mo see. tho
waiters were half a guinea each, and the pheasants seven shillings a pair. We could not have
sixpenny grapes it would never have done."
"I bate reckoning on dead men's shoes," said Lambert "It is mean. Besides, Undo
Jeremiah may outlive us both."
"No, Lamb, he cannot Consider his age; he is 55."
"And you, mother, are 60, only five years' difference."
Mrs. Sidebottom did not wince.
"Yon do not consider that his has been a sedentary life, which Is very prejudicial to health
Besides, he has rushes of blood to the head. You saw how he became as red as a Trltoma when
you made that ill-judged remark about Salome. Apoplexy is In the family. Our father died
"Well, I hate counting the years a fellow has to live. We must all hop some dav."
"I trust he enjoyed himself," said Mrs. Sidebottom. "He took one of the anges-a-chevaL
Did he touch the iecsT"
"I think not"
'I am sorry I mean, I am thankful, they are bad for apoplectic persons, Lamb. He pays
income tax on twelve hundred."
"He does not live at the rate of five hundred."
"Not at the rate of three."
"Perhaps eventually he may leave the mill to Philip and the savings to me. I won't think of
It, as it may all turn out different; but that would be best for me."
"Not best Lamb. Both the savings and the mill should be yours."
"What should I do with the mill? You would not have me turn manufacturerT"
"No. but you could sell the business."
"This is like selling the lion's skin before the lion is killed," said the Captain, with a little
After a pause, during which Mrs. Sidebottom watched a manufactory and a bank and much
treasure in the red hot coals crumble down in the gradual dissolution to ashes, she said: "Lamb!
iuu nave no occasinn to oe uneasy aoout your cousin ruuip.
"I am not I have not given him a thought"
"Jeremiah can never forgive Nicholas for withdrawing his money from the business at a
moment, and almost bringing abont a catastrophe. AVhen Nicholas did that I was as angry and
used as strong remonstrance as Jeremiah, but all in vain. Nicholas, when he took an idea into
his head, would not bo diverted from carrying it out, however absurd it was. I did not suppose
that Nicholas would not be such a fool as he proved, and lose his money. He got into the hands
of a plausible scoundrel."
"Yes, that was his name. Bchofield; who turned his head and walked off with pretty nearly
every penny. But he might have ruined himself, and I would not have grumbled. What
alarmed ind angered me was that he jeopardized my fortune as well as that of Jeremiah. A
man has a right to ruin himself If he likes, but not to risk the fortunes of others."
in uaptam jeit tnat no was not canea upon to speak.
"It is as well that we are come here." pursued Mrs. Sidebottom. "Though we were com
fortable at York, wo could not have lived longer there at our rate, and here we can economize.
The society here is not worth cultivation; It is all commercial, frightfully commercial. You
can see it in the shape of their shoulders and In the cut of their coats. As for tho women .
But there, 1 won't bejinkind."
"Uncle Jeremiah winced at my joke about Salome."
"Salome!" repeated his mother, and her mouth fell at the corners. '.'Salome!" Sho fidgeted
in her chair. "I had not calculated on her when I came here. Really, I don't know what to do
about her. You should not have made that joke. It was putting ideas into vour uncle's head.
It made the blood rush Into his face, and that showed you had touched him. That girl is a nuis
ance. I wish she were married or shot She may yet draw a stroke across our reckoning." Mrs.
Sidebottom lapsed into thought, thought that gave her no pleasure. After a pause of some
minutes. Captain Lambert said: "By tho way, mother, what table cloth did you have on to-dayT
I noticed Uncle Jeremiah looking at it inquisitivel v."
"Naturally ho would look at it, and that critically, as he is a linen manufacturer and weaves
fine damasks. I hate shop."
"But what table cloth was it7"
"The best of course. One figured with oak leaves and acorns, and in the middle a wreath,
just like those thrown over one's head by urchins for a tip, on the Drach.enfels."
Are yon sure, momerr
"I cave it out this morning."
"Would yon mind looking at it? I do not think the table has been cleared yet When I saw
Uncle Jeremiah was professionally interested in it, I looked also, but saw no acorns or oak
"Of course there were oak leaves and acorns; It was our best."
"Then I must be blind."
"Fiddlesticks!" said Mrs. Sidebottom. However, she stood npand went into the dining
A moment later the captain heard an exclamation. Then his mother left the dining room
and he heard her ascend the stairs. Shortly after sho descended, and re-entered the room with
a face the color of a table cloth, or, to be more exact, of the same tone as her eyelashes
"Well," said the Captain, languidly, "have the oak leaves and acorns disappeared in the
"Ob, Lamb! what is to be done? Jeremiah will never forgive us. He will feel this acutely
as an Insult. That owl that owl of a maid has ruined our prospects."
"What has she done?"
"And not one of the waiters, though paid half a guinea each, observed it"
"What was done?"
"Sho pnt a sheet on the table, and made up yonr bed with the oak leaves and acorns."
red tongues flicker out of their mouths and stealthily lick-their lips. I lay in bed considering
whether my time had come to crawl up the tree, whether, perhaps, I was already banging to one
of the branches, and felt the agitation of the trnnk. But the thought was uncomfortable, and I
turned back to the.Bomeans who live very remote from us, and I considered how sensitive they
must have become in old age to every glance of eye, and word let slip, and gesture of impatience
observable in the rising generation. I mused over the little artifices that would be adopted by
them to disguise the approach of ripeness; how, when extending their shaking hands over the
fire, they would endeavor to control the muscles and disguise their tremble; how they would
give to them an unreal appearance of nervous grip: how Ithey would talk loud and deep out of
their quaveriDg pipe; end how they would fill in ths creases in their brows and cheeks with
tallow, and dance at every festival with an affectation long lost. And I considered further how
that all these little artifices would be seen through and leered at, and how they never for one
minute would postpone the fatal day when the tree would be indicated, and the command given
Then next, having felt my ribs and counted them, and my thews and found them shrunk
and with no flesh on them, I thought of the Esquimaux, and the way in which their elders were
put out of doors and exposed to die of cold: and after I had left my bed, at breakfast, through
out the day, I remained mighty touchy and keenly observant, and alarmed at every slight, and
fault of deference, 'and disregard of habitual consideration, thinking it might be a premonition
that I was being considered fit to be turned out into the cold.
Among barbarians it is customary to surfeit a victim destined to become a sacrifice. It al
most seemed as if the birthday banquet given to Uncle Jeremiah by his balf-sistcr bad been
given with this intent Mycologists tell us that Pluto, the god of the nether world, and Plutus,
the god of wealth, were identical divinities, varionsly designated according to the aspect in
which viewed, whether from that of the victims offered to the god, or from that of tho Immola
tor. The god of Death to one was tho god of Fortune to another.
Uncle Jeremiah Pennycomequick was not indeed shaken by his half-sister and nephew while
clinging to the Tree of Life, but was apprised by them as to his ripeness, and to his calibre, and
was not unaware that such was the case. Indeed, as already intimated, Mrs. Sidebottom was as
Incapable of concealing her motives as is Mephistopheles of concealing his hoor. She flattered
herself that it was not so, and yet she wore her purposes, her ambitions, in her face.
As Jeremiah walked homeward it was with much the same consciousness that must weigh on
the spirits of a bullock that has been felt and measured by a butcher.
He opened his door with a latch-key, and entered his little parlor. A light was burning
there, and ho saw Salome seated on a stool by the nro, engaged in needle work. The circle of
Tight cast from above was about her, irradiating her red-gold hair. She turned and looked up at
Jeremiah with a smile, and showed the cheek that had been nearest the fire glowing like a
CHAPTER H. SALOME.
I lay in bed this morning, musing on the feelings of those aged Borneans as they approached
ripeness, and noticed the eyes of the rising generation fixed on them with expectancy, saw their
'Wli.lt not In hid?" ATrlalmpil thn eM Ttinn hiilf-rpTimrirhfiill,. anil vof vHtfi tnna nt
pleasure in his voice.
"No. uncle; I thought yon might possibly want something before retiring. Besides, you had
not said good night to me, and I couldn't sleep without that."
"I want nothing, child."
"Shall I fold up my work and go?"
"No no." he replied hesitatingly, and stood looking at tho fire, then at his chair and then,
with doubt and almost fear, at her. "Salome, I should like a little talk with you. 1 am out of
sorts, out of spirits. The Sidebottoms always irritate me. Velvet is soft, but tho touch chills
my blood. I want to havo my nerves composed betore 1 can sleep, and the hour is not late not
wijr iate. x came away irom tue oiueooitoms as soon as i could do so with decency. UI
course, it was very kind of my sister to give this dinner in my honor, on my birthday, but
He did not finish the sentence.
The girl took his hand and pressed him to sit down in his chair. He complied without resist
ance, but drew away his hand from her with a gesture of uneasiness, a shrinking that somewhat
When in his seat, ho sat looking at her, with his elbows resting on the arms of bis chair, and
his palms folded before his breast liko the hands of a monumental effigy. Salome had resumed
her place and her work. As he did not speak, she presently glanced up at him and smiled with
her slight sweet smile, that was not the motion of tho lips, but the dimpling of the pure cheek.
He did not return her smile; his eyes, though on her, did not see her and notice the Inquiry in
Jeremiah was aged that day 15, or, as Mrs. Sidebottom nnt it for her great comfort, in his 56th
year. Tho dinner party at his half-sister's had been given entirely in his honor. His health had
been drunk, and many good wishes for long years had been expressed with apparent heartiness;
put what had been done to gratify him had been overdone in some particulars, and underdone
In others overdone in profession, underdone In sincerity; and he returned home dissatisfied and
When the peacock unfurls his fan, he does not persistently face you; if he did so, words
would fail to express your admiration, but the bird twirls about on his feet, and foolishly exposes
the ribbing of his plumage, so as to provoke contemptuous laughter. It is the same with selfish
and with vain persons. They make a prodigous effort to impose, and then, still ruffling with ex
panded glories, tbey revolve on their pivots, and in complete unconsciousness exhibit the ignoble
rear Of SOrdffl Rrtlflflft And f.l1slt.V ntlH mpnn nratenw
Joseph Cnsworth had been at first clerk and then traveler for tho house of Pennycome
quick, a trustworthy, intelligent and energetic man. Twenty-two years ago, after the factory
had fallen nndcr the management of Jeremiah, through tho advanced age of his par
ent and his half-brother's disinclination for business, master and man had quarreled. Jeremiah
had been suspicious and irascible In those days, and be had misinterpreted the freedom of ac
tion pursued by Cusworth as allowed him by old Pennycomequick, and dismissed him. Cusworth
went to Lancashire, where he speedily found employ, and married. After a few years and
much vexation through the incompetence or unreliability of agents, Jeremiah had swallowed
his pride and invited Cusworth to return to his employ, holding out to him the prospect of ad
mission into partnership after a twelvemonth. Cusworth had. accordingly, returned to Merga
troyd and brought with him his wife and twin daughters. The reconciliation was complete.
Cusworth proved to be tho same upright, reliable man as of old, and with enlarged experience.
His accession speedily made itself felt He was one of those men who attract friends every
where, whom everyone insensibly feels can be trusted.
The deed of partnership was drawn up and engrossed, and only lacked signature, when. In
going through the mill with Jeremiah, Cusworth was caught by the lappet of his coat In the
machinery, drawn in, nndcr the eye of his superior, and so frightfully mangled that he never
recovered eonscinnfin?s. and pTnirnri a ffw Imnra nfto.
From that time Mrs. Cusworth, with the children, was taken into the manufacturer's house,
where she acted as his housekeeper. There the little girls grew np, and made their way into
the affections of the solitary man who encouraged them to call him uncle, though there was
absolutely no relationship subsisting between them.
Jeremiah had never been married, be had never been within thought of such an event No
woman had ever mado the smallest impression on his heart He lived for his business, which
engrossed all his thoughts; as for his affections, they would have stagnated but for the presence
of the children in the house, the interest they aroused, the amusement they caused, the solici
tude they occasioned, and for the thousand little fibers, their innocent hands threw about his
heart, till they had caught and held It in a web of their artless weaving. He had lost his mother
when he was born, his father married again soon after, and his life at home with his step-mother
had not been cogenial. He was kept away from home at school, and then put into business at
a distance, and his relations with his half-sister and half-brother had neverbeen cordial. Tbey
had been pampered and he neglected. When, finally, he came home to assist his father, his
half-sister was married, and his brother, who had taken a distate for business, was away.
One day of his life had passed much like another, he had become devoted to his work, which
he pursued mechanically, conscientiously, but at the same time purposelessly, for he had no
one whom he loved or even cared for to whom his fortune might go and for whom, therefore,
it would be a pleasure to accumulate. And as lor himself, he was without ambition.
Vi hen daily he returned from the mill after the admission of the Cusworth family under bis
roof, the prattle and laughter of the children had refreshed him, their tender, winning ways
had. overmastered him and softened his hitherto callous heart It was to him as if the sun had
suddenly broke through the clouds that had.overarched and chilled and obscured his life, and
was warming, glorifying and vivifying his latter days.
Time passed, and the little girls grew up into young women. They were much alike in face
and in color of hair and eyes and complexion; but there the likeness stopped. In character they,
were not twins. Their names were Salome and Janet Janet was married. A year ago when
she was barely 19, the son of a manufacturer at Elboeuf, in Normandy, had seen. loved and made
her his own. .
This young man, Albert "Victor Baynes, had been born and bred In France, but his father had
been a manufacturer in Yorkshire till, driven to distraction by strikes at times when he had
taken heavy contracts, he, like a score of others similarly situated, had migrated with his plant
and business to Normandy, and opened in a foreign land a spring of wealth that copiously irri
gated a wide area, and which greed and folly had banished from its proper home. About Rouen
Elboeuf and Louviers are bristling factory chimneys and busy manufactures, carried thither by
Yorkshire capitalists and employers, and where tbey initiated, the French have followed, ana
have drained awav our English trade.
Young Baynes had come to Yorkshire and to Mergatroyd to visit relatives, and he had at
once lost his heart to Janet Cusworth. As he was the only son of a man in good business, and at
'Uncle" Jeremiah was prepared to act liberally toward the danghter of Joseph Cusworth, no
difficulties arose to cross the course of love and delay-union. It was said that Jeremiah Penny
comequick could hardly have behaved more liberally had Janet been his daughter. But another
reason nrged him to generosity beside bis regard for the girL This was gratitude to Albert
Victor Baynes lor choosing Janet Instead of his special f vorite, Salome, who had chiefly wound
herself about his heart Janet was a lively, frolicsome little creature, whom it was a relaxation
to watch, and whose tricks provoked laughter; but Salome was that one of the twins who ha4
depth of character, and who, as the millfolk declared, had Inherited all her father's trustwor
thiness, thoughtfulnes3 and that magnetism which attracts love.
Salome continued her needlework silently, with the firelight flickering over her fair face and,
rich hair. Her complexion was very delicate, and perhaps the principal charm of her face con
slsted in the transparency not of the skin only, but of the entire face, that showed every change
of thought and feeling by a corresponding dance of blood and shift of color In it and not color
only, for as a mirror takes the lightest breath and becomes clouded by it, so was it with her
countenance: bright with an inner light, the slightest breath of trouble, discouragement, alarm,
brought a cloud over it, dimming its usual brillfaucy. "Yours is a very tell-tale face," her sister
had of ten said to her. "Without your opening your eyes I can read all that passes in your
At the time that young Baynes had stayed at Mergatroyd, Jeremiah had Deen uneasy. Ths
young man hovered round the sisters, and spoke to one as much as to the other, and divided his
attentions equally between them. The sisters so closely resembled each other in features, com
plexion and hair, as well as in height and frame, that only such as knew them could distinguish;
the one from the other, and the distinction consisted rather in expression than in aught else.
xiow anyone coma mistake tne one lor tne otner was a marvel to jeremian, wno was never in
doubt. But the resemblance was so close that Albert Victor Baynes bnng f oi some time ia
uncertainty as to which be should take, and was only decided by the inner qualities of Janet,'
whose vivacity and sparkle best suited the taste of a man whose ideas of woman showed they
had been formed in France.
Whilst Bayne was in uncertainty, or in apparent uncertainty, Jeremiah suffered. He loved.
both tho girls, but he loved Salome infinitely better than her sister; it would be to him a wrench
to part with brilliant Janet, but nothing like the wrench that would ensue were he required to
separate from Salome.
Those who from childhood have been surrounded by an atmosphere of love, who have coma
to regard it as their natural element, such have no conception of the force with which love boils
up in an old heartthat has long been arid and affectlonless. In the limestone Western hills
there are rirerless valleys, tracts of moor and mountain without a rift, dead and waterless, yet
deep beneath, in secret channels, streams are flowing, and mighty vaults form subterranean res
ervoirs, by all who pass over the surface unsuspected. But suddenly from a cliff side, pours tho
long hidden water, not a spring, a rivulet, but a full grown river ready to turn millwheels and
carry boats. So it is with certain human natures that have been long passionless, without tha
token of soft affections, the all conquering stream of love breaks from their hearts in mighty
volume and unexpectedly.
There had been nothing of self-analysis in Jeremiah. The children bad sprung up under his
care, and year by year bad seen them acquire an inch or a fraction of an inch in height, their
beauty develop, their intelligences expand; imperceptibly they had stolen from infancy into
ciuiuuooa, ana irom cnuanooa in use manner naa crept nnoDservea into mataennooa, ana then
flowered into full and perfect beauty; and each stage of growth bad carried them a stage further
Into Jeremiah's affections, and had cast another and a stronger tie about his heart He had
loved them as children, and he loved them as beautiful and intelligent girls, as belonging to his
house, as essential to bis happiness, as the living elements that made np to him the Idea of home.
The only sorrow he had if that could be called a sorrow which was no more than a regret was
that they were not his own true nieces, or better still, his children. When Janet was taken and
Salome left, he was thankful, and he put away from him for the time the fear that Salome would
also take wing and leave him in the same manner as Janet had gone. How could he endure re
currence to the old gloom, and relapse Into purposeless gathering of money? How could he en
dure life deprived of both Janet and Salome? How can a man, who has seen the sun. enduro
blindness? Or a man whose ears have drunk In music, bear deafness? Deafness and blindness
of heart would be his portion In that part of life when most he needed ear and eye deaf ness and
blindness after having come to understand the melody of a happy home, and see the beauty of
What mnst be the distress of him who has had a well furnished house to have an execution
put in, and everything sold away from before his eyes, nothing left him but the bed on which to
lie and gnash his teeth? How bald, how cold, how hateful the dismantled home will seem with
out the thousand comforts and beautifying objects to which bis eyes have been acenstomedt
The children as they grew up had furnished Jeremiah's house with pleasant fancies, had buns
the walls with bright remembrances, and filled every corner with tender associations. The floor
was strewn with their primrose homage. The thought that as he had lost Janet so mnst be soma
day lose Salome, rose up continually before Jeremiah, and sickened him with fear. He tried to
f steel himself in expectation of it It was in the natnro of things that young girls should marry.
ib was incTiiuuiu luab a closer anu stronger tie buouiu ue lormeu, anu tnen mat cora oi reveren
tial gratitude which now attached Salome to him wonld dwindle imperceptibly, yet surely, to a
thread, and from a thread to a filament In proportion as from the new bond other ties arose,
so would that attaching her to him become attenuated till it became formal only.
A great pain arose in Jeremiah's heart
And now, this evening, he looked at the girl engaged on her needlework, and observation re
turned into bis eyes. Now he began that work of self-analysis, with her before him, that he had
never thought of engaging in before, never dreamed would be requisito for him to engage in.
As he looked steadily at Salome, his closed palms trembled, and he separated them, put one
to his lips, for thev were trembling also, and then to his brow, which was wet
Salome's soft brown eves were lifted from her work, and rested steadilv on Mm,
"Dear uncle," she said. "My dear dear, uncle! You are unwell."
She drew her stool close to him, and threw her arms about him. to draw his quivering face
toward her own that she mightkiss it But he started up with a groan, backed from her arms,
and paced the room in agitation. He dare not receive her embrace. He dare not meet her eyes.
He had read his own heart for the first time, helped thereto by a casual joke from Captain
Lambert Pennycomequick at tablo that evening.
To be continued next Monday S
Eggs and Choice Creamery Butler
Firm at Late Advance.
CHEESE EXPECTED SOON TO BISE.
Light Eeceipts of Cereals and Tone of
A BRIGHTER DAY BEGLVS TO DAWN
OFFICE OF PITTSBURG DISPATCH, I
Saturday, February 2, 1SS9.. J
Country Produce, Jobbing Prices.
The changed situation in butter and eggs, as
compared with what we have had all the past
month, will be seen by the following statement
or a leading commission merchant: "For the
past two or three days I have sold as much but
ter and eggs in one day as I had been selling in
three days for several weeks before. Demand
is good and prices are firm at the small ad
vance." Cheese is bound to take a turn up
ward in a very few days. Pittsburg dealers
w ould find it hard to replace their stock of high
grades at present prices. Advices from Chicago
show great firmness there. Good grades of
Sweitzer cheese are in good demand at quota
tions. Low grades are hard to sell at any
price. &iThe tone of trade shows some improve
ment on a week ago, but there is still large
room for improvement before produce markets
can be called active.
BEANS Navy from store, prime hand picked,
52 002 10 per bushel; medium, 2 00; Ohio and
Pennsylvania do, prime and medium. $2 U0
2 10; imported do. $1 902 00: Lima, 5Jc per ft;
marrowfat, $2 7S2 SO per bushel.
Butter Creamery, Klgin, 2931c: Ohio do,
2527c: tresh dairy packed, 2023c: country
roll. lS22c; Chartiers Creamery Co. butter, 23
Beeswax 2325c per ft for choice; low
Cider Sand refined, $C 507 50. common,
53 50g!4 00: crab cider, SS 008 50 & barrel;
cider vinecar. 10iJ12c t callon.
Cheese Ohio cheese, fall make, 1212c;
Kew York, fall make, 1213c; Limburcer,
HK12Xc: domestic Sw eitzer cheese, 1313Kc
Dried" Peas 81 15611 50 bushel; split ao,
Eggs 15lCc dozen for strictly fresh.
Fruits Apples, Jl O0 to $1 50 t barrel; evap
orated raspberries 25c ff ft: cranberries, SSOO
?i barrel: 12 4002 50 ?) bushel.
Feathers Extra live cpcse, 5060c; No. 1
do. 4045c; mixed lots. 30 He 1 ft.
Hominy S3 303 40 barrel.
Honky New Crop, 16Q17c; buckwheat, 13
Potatoes Potatoes, 3540c Jl bushel; S2 50
g2 75 for Southern sweets; S3 2o3 50 for Jer
fie v sweets.
Poultry Live chickens, 6575c a pair;
" dressed chickens. 1315c -p pound; turkevs, 13
15c dressed pound; ducks, live, 80S5c W
iiair; dressed, 1314c pound; geese,. 10
lie f? pound.
Seeds Clover, choice, 62 fts to bushel, S5 per
bushel; clover, large English. 62 fts, $6 25;
clover, Alsike, SS 50; clover, white, SO 00; timo
thy, choice, 45 fts, SI 83: blue grass, extra clean.
14 fts, $1 00; blue grass, fancy, 14 fts, 1 20;
orchard grass 14 fts, $2 00; red top, 14 fts, $1 00;
millet, 50 fts, SI 25; German millet, 60 fts, $2 00:
Hungarian grass, 4S fts, 12 00; lawn grass, mlx-
22c: peaberry, 25Jfc; choice Rio, 24c; prime
Rio. 21&c: cood Rio. 21c: ordinary, 20c
Spicks (whole) Cloves, 212oc; allspice, vc;
cassia, 869c; pepper, 19c; nutmeg, 70S0c
1 71BOLEUM bobbers' prices) 110test, TJic:
Ohio, 120. bKc; headlight 150. 9c; water white.
10Kc: globe, 12c; elaine,15c; carnadine, HUc;
SYBurs Com syrups, 2325c: choice sugar
syrup, 3536c; prime sugar syrup, 3033c:
strictly prime, 33S5c
N. O. Molasses Fancv, old. 4Sc; choice, 45c:
mixed. 4042c; new crop, 4350c
Soda Bi-carb in Kegs, 364c; bi-carb in Us.
53c: bi-carb, assorted packages, 5Ji6c; salsoda
in kegs, ljc; do granulated, 2c
Candles Star, full weicht 9Jc; stearine.
per set, SUc; paraffine, HK12c
PacE Head. Carolina, Kc: choice, 6?
c; prime, 5K65ic: Louisiana, b6kc
Starch Pearl, 2Jc; cornstarch,5j47c;gloss
Foreign Fruits Layer raisins, S2 65; Lon
don layers, S3 10; California London layers.
S2 50; Muscatels, S2 25; California Muscatels.
-,??:,Valencia' new, Ki7c; Ondara Valencia,
7Kc; sultana, c; currants, new, W
prunes, 8K13c; Salonica prunes, in 2-tt pack
ages, Kc: cocoanuts, per 100, J6 00: almonds.
nuts, 10c; pecans, 11015c; citron, per ft, 2122c;
lemon peel per ft, 1314c; orange peel, 12&C
Dried Fruits Apples, sliced, per ft, 8c; ap
ples, evaporated, 62J7c; apricots, California,
evaporated, 1518c;peaches,evaporateil, pared,
2223c: peaches, California, evaporated, un
pared, 1213Kc; cherries, pitted, 2122c;
cherries, nnpitted, 56c; raspberries, evap
orated. 24K24Jc; blackberries, kSc; huckle
Sugars Cubes, TJfc; powdered, ijfc; granu
lated, Tjic: confectioners' A. 7c; standard A.
c;soft wnites,6?.;6K' ryellow.choice, 65i6Kc:
yellow, good, feX6.c; yellow, fair, 6Jc; yel
low, dark. 5J$c
Pickles Medium . bbls (1,200), S4 75; me
diums, half bbls iflOOl. S2 S.T.
Salt No. 1 ?t bbl, 05c; No. 1 ex, a bbL (1 05:
dairv. 93 bbL 51 20- cna.rA pmttat .M i on.
Higgitfs Eureka. 4 bu sack, S2 SO; Hi'cirin's
Enreka. 16-14 ft pockets. S3 00? EBHi s
. VlANKED Goods standard Peaches. SI 50S
1.60; 2ds, SI 301 35; extra peaches. $1 3519o;
pie peaches, 90c; finest com, SI 3001 60: Hfd
Co. con.. ug90c; red cherries, 90c6$l 00; lima
beans, SI 10; soaked do, S5c: string do do, 7o85c:
marrowfat peas, SI lOffil 15; soaked peas. 700
.oc; pineapples. SI 401 50; Bahama do. $2 7o
damson plums, 95c; green gaces, SI 25: er
plums, S2 00; California pears. S2 50; do crcen
gages S2 00; do egg plnms. $2 00; extra white
cherries, S2 90: red cherries. 2 ft, 90c: raspber
ries, SI 151 40; strawberries, SI 10; gooseber
ries. SI 201 30; tomatoes, 295c; salmon 1
, oi4-lu: uiacicoerries, tuc; succotash, 2-ft
Western, 7578c; No. 3 Western, 6570c; Lake
FLOURJobbing prices, winter patents, S6 50
66 75; spring patents, SO 757 00: fancy straight,
winter and spring. So 756 00; clear winter
$5 505 75; stnght XXXX bakers', S5 255 50.
Rye flour. S3 75.
CoRNMEAL In paper, 6O70c
Millfeed Middlings, fine white, S20 50
21 00 V ton; brown middlings, S17 5018 00:
winter wheat bran, $15 6016 00; chop feed
$15 0018 00. '
Hay Baled timothy, choice. $15 50S16 00;
No. 1 do, $15 0015 25: No. 2 do, S12 0013 00;
loose from wacon, S23 0026 00: No. 1 upland
Srairie. S10 0010 50; No. 2, S9 009 50; nackinc
o. $5 00(5 50.
Straw Oats. $8 00S 25; wheat and rye
Price of lard hasbeenreducedconall pack
ages. Large hams, 18 fts and upward, 10ic; me
dium hams, 14 to 18 fts, Uc; small hams, 14 fts
and under, HKe; picnic orCalifornia hams, $c;
boneless (in skins), UKc: sucar-cured shoul
ders, &:: bacon. Sc: dry salt, 9c; breakfast
bacon, lOe; rouletts (boneless s.c shoulders),
10c;' regular smoked sides, 9c; bellies,
smoked sides, 9c; regular dry salt sides, Skc:
bellies, dry salt sides, 8fc; dried beef, set 3
pieces, 10c; dried beef, flats, 8c; dried beef,
rounds, lie: dried beef, knuckles, lie; pork
mess, S16 50; pork, family, S17 00; pig pork, half
barrels, S9 00; long sausage. 5Jc Lard
Tierces. 325 fts, TJc ft ft; half barrels, 120 fts.
7e ft; tubs, wooden. 60 fts 7Jc ft; buck
ets, wooden, 20 fts, 7c fl ft: 3-ft tin pails, 60 fts.
TJJc ? ft; 5-ft tin pails. 60 fts, 8c i? ft; 10-ft tin
pails, 60 fts. TJic ( ft;20-ft tin pails, 80 fts, SJc:
50-ft tin pails, 100 fts, 7Jc$ ft.
Armour & Co. furnish the following prices on
dressed meats: Beer carcasses, 4o0 to 550 fts. 5B
6Kc: 600 to 650 fts, 66c: 700 to 750 fts, 77Kc.
Sheep, 7c 1? ft. Lambs, 8e fl ft.
JOSEPH HORNE & CO.,
Cor. Wood and Liberty Sts.,
Importers and Jobbers of
Special offerings this week in
For largest assortment and lowest prices call
and see us.
De WITT DILWORTH,
Oil bought and sold on margin. de27-21-Dsu
yHlTiEY & STEFnMSOX
67 FOURTH AVENUE.
ISSUE TRAVELERS' CREDITS
MESSRS. DREXEL. MORGAN & CO.
PASSPORTS PROCURED. ao23-x78
THE FREEHOLD BANK,
No. 410 Smithfield St,
EDWARD HOUSE, Prest.
JAMES P. SPEER. Vice Prest,
JOHN F. STEEL. Cashier.
com beef. 2-ft can $1 75; 14-ft cans, $13 50:
ua.cu ucans, si wgi so; lousier, i n si a
ture of fine grasses, Sicper ft.
Tallow Country, 4X5c;
Tropical Fruits Lemons, fancy, S3 00
64 00 $1 box: common lemons. $2 75 V
box; Messina oranges. S2 503 50 J? box;
Florida oranges, S3 003 50 1 box: Jamaica
oranges fancv. S6 507 00 barrel: Malaga
grapes. $5 507 00 W keg: bananas, S2 60
firsts, $1 502 00: cood seconds bunchy cocoa
nuts, S4 0064 5u f( hundred; new figs, 1214c
pound; dates, 5J6Mc & pound.
Vegetables Celery, 4050c doz. bunches;
tauuages, 4 UU4&4 lu jr iw; onions, ouc f ousnei:
rapanisn onions, JoQWC
Hiuc t uusneL.
33 crate; turnips, 30
Green Coffee Faney Rio. 20K21Kc;
choice Rio, 19S20c; prime Rio, 19c; fair Rio,
KKlSc; old Government Java, 26fc; Mara
caibo, 21G22Kc: Mocha, 3031c; Santos, 1S
22c: Caracas coffee, lX21c; peaberry, Rio. 20
21Kc: Laguayra, 20K621HC
ROASTEDtin papers) Standard brands.22Ke:
high grades, 242fiKc; old Gorernment Java,
1 80: mackerel. 1-ft cans, broiled, SI 50: sardines,
domestic, '41, $4 254 50; sardines, domestic.
34s. SS 25aS 50: sardines, imported, lfs. m .wa
12 50; sardines, imported, Ks, S18 06: sardines.
mutard. S4 00; sardines, spiced, S4 25.
Fish Extra No. 1 bloater mackerel, $36 W
bbl; extra No. 1 do, messed, $40; extra No. 1
mackerel, shore, $32; extra No. 1 do, messed.
$36; No. 2 shore mackerel, $24. Codfish Whole
Pollock, 4c ft; do medium George's cod, 6c;
do large, 7c: boneless hake, in strips, 6c; do
George's cvi. in blocks, 6K7Kc Herring
Round shore. So 50 1 bbl; split. $7; lake. $3 25
! 100-ft half bbL White fish, $7 W 103-ft half
bbL Lake trout, S3 50 half bbl. Finnan
badders. 10c ?) ft. Iceland halibut, 13c 9 ft.
Buckwheat Flour 223c per pound.
OATMEAL S6 306 CO ? bbl.
Miners' Oil No 1 winter strained, 5962c
$1 gallon. Lard oH, 75c.
MAEKETS BY TOE.
Wheat Continues its Downward Career
Corn Follows Salt Oats Steady
Pork Unsettled at Medium
Figures Lard and
Chicago A rather dull feeling existed
in wheat to-day, and for lack of out
side news not much interest was shown in the
market either one way or another. Outside
business was light, and aside from moderate
-", v .us- mi uiiiuiLueirjes, ouc; Buccoiasn z-lb I '""""- f- ..u ..uu. uiuueiaiu
cans, soaked, 90c; do green, 2fts, $1 25(5)1 50: operations on the part of few local traders
Grain, Flour and Feed.
Total receipts 5s bulletined at the Grain Ex
change were 28 Cars. By Pittsburg, Ft, Wayne
and Chicago, 1 car of corn, 3 of oats, 2 of bran,
1 of flour. By Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St.
Louis, 4 cars of oats, 1 of corn. 11 of hay. By
Baltimore and Ohio, 1 car of oats, 2 hay, 1 corn.
By Pittsburg and Lake Erie, 1 car wheat. Sales
on calL 2 cars of y. e. com at 37c, 10 days
The total receipts bulletined for the week past
were 185 cars, against 174 cars last week and 252
for the week before. Oats give signs of weak
ness, and buyers demand concessions, which,
however, holders are not prepared to grant!
While It cannot be claimed that trade move
ments in grain orjhay show great activity, tone
of market is improved. The worst of the sea
son is past and a better day dawns.
Wheat Jobbing prices No. 2 red. $1 040
105 No.3red,9095c. -.
Corn No.2 yellow, ear,39J10c;hich mixed,
ear. 3S3Tlc;No.lyeiIow, shelled, 3S39c; hi"h
mixed, shelled, 3637c: mixed, shelled. &536c.
uats-jo. a wnite, 33?ss!c; extra No. 3.
33c; No. 3 white, 3131c; No. 2 mixed.
Rye No. 1 rye, 6556c; No. 2, 5052c; No. 1
barlet J.o. 1 Canada, 80S5c: No. 2
bulk,S1632c;Maracaibo,2627c; Santos, 219 J Canada, 8385c;No.3 Canada, 7880c;No.2j
there was very little doing. Early feeling was
weak, and after numerous slight changes in
which the market at one time ruled JJc
nigner man yesieruays closing, tne tecling be
came weak and prices declinod c, then ruled
stronger, recovering He and closed about c
lower than yesterday.
Corn was quiet most of the session, with
trading limited and confined almost entirely to
local speculators. The feeling was somewhat
easier, fluctuations being within K?6c range
and at the close prices were JiJc lower than
yesterday. There was nothing new of import
ance to effect valnes, which were governed en
tirely by local influences.
Oats were steady.
Pork trading was active during the early
part of the day, and prices ruled Irregular.
Later the market ruled quiet. Opening sales
were made at 5c decline, but this was quickly
recovered. Later the market weakened 12K
15c. During the latter part of the session
prices rallied 1520c, and nue market closed
comparatively steady at medium figures.
Lard was stronser, due chiefly to lightstocks,
and prices ruled 57c higher.
Short ribs were firmer and 410c higher.
The leading futures raneea as follows:
Wheat So. 2. February. 94c; March. 95-Xc:
May, S7Kffi9S69729'Kc; July, S9SS9a88
UORN-na i. .r-CDruary. dosssrawsc: March.
35l23S,c: Mav. 37G)373653&Kc
Oats-No. 2, February, 25c; March, 28c;l
Mar. 2727J;27K27c. ' '
Mess Pork, per bbl. February. Sll 353 I
11 45S11 3511 37KMarcb,$ll 47K; May, $11 bO
11 75911 5211 67.
LARD, per 100 fts. February, $6 806 92K
6 8O0S6 90; March, $8 856 956 S56 92?:
May, SS 9507 026 92K7 00. n'
Short RIBS, per 100 fts. Febrnarv, K 00
&S 05; March. $ 02J6 106 02U6 l"0; May,
$6 156 256 15S6 22&
Cash quotations were as follows: Flour,
quiet and unchanged. No. 2 spring wheat,
94c; No. 3 spring wheat. 9094c; No.
2 red, 04c No. 2 com. 35c No. 2 oats,
255c No.2 rye. 47c No. 2 barley, nominal. No.
1 flaxseed, $1 591 60. Prime timothy seed,
$1 501 52. Mess pork, per barrel, $11 35U 40.
Lard, per 100 lbs, $6 90. Short ribs sides
(loose), $6 056 10. Dry salted shoulders
(boxed), SS 006 12. Short clear sides
(boxed). $8S7X6 50. Sugar Cut loaf, un
changed. Receipts Flour, 8,000 barrels:
wheat, 11,000 bushels: corn. 156,000 bush
els: oats. 121000 bushels: rye, 5,000 bnshels; bar
ley, 54.0C0 bushels. Shipments Flour, 6,000
barrels: wheat. 19.000 bushels: corn. 8L000 bush
els: oats. 58.000 bushels; rye. 4,000 bushels;
barley, 18.000 bushels.
At the Produce Exchange to-day the butter
market was steady and unchanged. Eg"s
NewYork Flourdnlland heavy. Wheat
Spot quiet and firmer; options KKc lower.
PHrq?,ict' Parley malt quiet. Corn Spot
KJc higher: options c higher aud Arm.
Oats Spot ,ic higher; options dnll and
steady. Hops stronger. Coffee Options
opened steady at 10 to 15 points down; closed
steady and unchanged to 5 points below yes-
.d.M,oAica. ,uwiki, inciuuing f euruary,
15.65c; March. 15.5015.65c; Mav. 15.4315.65c;
June, 15.55gi5.70c; July, 15.6015.75c; Sep
tember; 15.90c; October. 15.8515.9ocovember,
15.90c; December, 15.S515.Moc; January, J5.90;
spot Rio barelv steadv: fair nrmn I7V.
Sugar Raw steady and quiet; refined quiet
and steady. Molasses Foreign quiet; 50 test,
20Kc; New Orleans quiet; open kettle, prkne
to choice, 30S45c Rice firm and quiet; do
mestic 4J6c; Japan. 4K5Kc Cottonseed
oil dull. Tallow Inactive: city, 6516c. Rosin
quiet: strained, common to good, $1 01H
1 07. Turpentine steady at 46c Ecgs in
moderate demand; steady; Western, 15U15c;
receipts, 2.898 packages. Pork steady. Cut
meats strong; pickled bellies, 7KSkc Xard
stronger and qnlet: sales Western steam, S7 35;
city, S6 85; February, $7 26 bid; March, $7 2S,
closing at S7 26 bid; April, $7 30 asked; May.
$7 30; June, $72707 29, closing at $7 31 asked;
July, S7 38 asked; August, $7 35 asked; Septem
ber, $7 36 asked. Butter Best firm and in
mouerare aemanu; western dairy, 13lc; do,
creamery, 162Se; Elgins, 29c. Cheese barely
steady and quiet; Western, lOKKUKc
St. Louis Flour quiet and unchanged.
Wheat Cash Iflrm but dull and unsettled at
91K91c; options were stronger and demand
ueuer wim urin cauiex ana nigner markets
elsewhere, but speculation was slow and the
market failed to liven up. There was a frac
tional advance and the close was firm: Mav,
BUSINESS IN BRIEF.
A Review of tbe Salient Features of the
Week Tho Ups and Downs of Trade A
Slump In Hlgh-FJying Stocks.
Local business the past week was devoid
of anything of an exciting nature.
In stocks the chief features were advances
in Union Switch and Signal and La Koria,
a slight depression in Philadelphia Gas,
and a diminished demand for Traction.
The petroleum market was as much of a
mystery as ever. It was bullish and bearish by
turns. The net result was to leave prices lower
than tbey opened on Monday. Saturday it
was reported that the refiners nad taken a
hand in tho operations, with a view to holding
the market down. If this be true, It explains
why bullish field news failed to have its usual
and natural effect.
There was considerable trading In real estate,
hut no Important properties changed hands, so
far as reported. Values were strong with an
advancing tendency. Permits for 22 new build
ings were issued, the estimated cost of which
Money was abundant and cheap, with a
steadily increasing surplus. This will find em
ployment when the spring trade opens.
Iron was quiet and a shado weaker. Pig was
lower. Manufacturers and brokers were confi
dent of a speedy revival in the demand.
IN A BUSINESS WAY. I THE weefs money kecoed.
HAS NO BACKBONE.
IfqoiWMti'VSi tiuaeu ab viyyi' J
&si(ssc, cioseu aiiwc. i;orn There was an
exceptionally heavy movement in No. 2 on ex
port account, bnt no improvement in specula
tion; No. 2 mixed, cash, 29c: March. SOKc.
closed at 3030Ke bid; May, 32K32c
closed at 32?c asked. Oats dull and easy No.
2 cash. 25c; May, 2Scbid. Rye. 4747Uc Btr
ley neelectcd: no receipts or shipments. Flax
seed. SI 50, pure test. Provisions dnlL Pork,
Sll 90. Lard Prime steam nominally $6 75.
Dry salt meats Shoulders. $6 25: longs and
ribs, $6 15: short clear, $8 35. Bacon Boxed
shoulders, $6 75; longs and ribs, S7 12K7 25;
short clear, $7 2?7 40. Hams, 1012c Bag
ging steady at 7Dc
Cincinnati Flour barely steady. "Wheat
quiet and firm; No. 2 red. 98c; receipts, 1,000
bushels; shipments, 4.500 bushels. Corn inXiir
demand and steady; No. 2 mixed, 3435c. Oats
sieauy: o. -4 mixeu, ac. Rve steady:
No,- J? P.'?rk duU at 1225. Lard
quiet at S6 85. Bnlkmeats and bacon milet and
unchanged. Butter active and higher: fancy
Northwestern creamery, 2930c; prime dairy
roll, 1213c Sugar steadv. Egcs steady.
Milwaukee Flour steadily held. Wheat
dull; cash, 88Kc; May, gic Corn dull; No. 3,
50c Oats quiet: No. 2 white, 28c Rye quiet:
No. 1, 4Gc Barley depressed; No. 2. 61c Pro
visions steady. Pork, Sll 85. Lard. $5 STK.
Cheese firm; Cheddars, 10Jc
np-nnDFPI5AFIoDr uuU and weak.
Wheat quiet. Corn stronger under different
offerings and good demand for local consump
tion, but shippers not operating and nothing
doing on speculative account. Oats Demand
light, but prices of carlots steadily held.
BALTIMORE-Butter-High grades firmer
and wanted; medium and inferior plcntifnl
and neglected; western pjeked. 1621c; best
rolL 1217c; creamery. 2027c. Eggs in Vood
demand at 14c Coffee firm; rio, fair, 17JL
.-nLE?0"tCiTr,,J!ed duU bnt steady; cash,
$0 30; March, $0 87.
Refiners Said to Have Designs Upon tho
A weak feeling prevailed at the opening of
the oil market Saturday. The first figures
were 85c lc under those of Friday. Realiz
ing here and in Oil City caused a slump to
85jic NewYork brought around this quota
ition, resulting in a slight recovery and firmer
tone, which continued to the close, when the
price was 85c a gain otic during tho.day.
Dealings were on a small scale no blocks
changing hands. Pittsburg was a small buver
at the lowest point touched 85c The mar-
net closed nrm, witn oojc Old. Some of the
operators think the refiners have entered into
a combine to keep prices down. Carrying rates
were 35 to 40c Clearings wero 2.085,000 barrels.
The runs for the month were 1,393.427; average
runs' 44,916: total shipments. 2,235,309. and daily
average, 72,107; total charters. 1,399,550, and
daily average, 45,147. The shipments over the
runs are 841,882 barrels.
A. B. McGrew quotes puts 85 to 85J4; calls.
Tne rollowlnj: tatue, corrected Dy IJe Witt UH
worth, broker In petroleum, etc. cornor Fifth
avenue and Wood street, l'utsburg, shows the
order of fluctuations, etc. :
Time. Bid. f Ask. Time. Bid. Ask.
Opened MH Sales 11:15 p. m.... 80 K)j
10:15 A. M.... 8Si SSH 11:30 P. M.... SS'A SSS
10:20 A. M.... 8o S5jj U:43 P. M.... 83X S3
10:a. M.... SS? ss'-s 12:00 855, ....
I1:WA. M.... 80& 85a Closed
OneilPiL 85Vc: nltrheat. KSSIa: Iqwpil fi3bf.
!Uy runs 74,235
Average runs 44.IMS
Dully shipments Si.42H
Average shipments 72,107
Usui cnarters 50,793
Average charters 45.147
Clearances .,... 2,085, 000
New York closed M ESKc
Oil City closed at 5c.
Jfradrora closed at 85c.
ew Vorlc. refined. 7c
London, rellned. eJ.
Antwerp, refined. 17!X
New-York. February 2.-Minlng quotations
closed: Amador. 150: Belcher. 375: Best and
Belcher, 563: Caledonia B. H.,250; Crown Point.
525; Consolidated California and Virginia. 875;
Commonwealth, 650; Deadwood T 150- Del
Monte, 120: El Cristo, 135; Gould and Currv,
280; Halo and Norcross, 480; Homcstake. 1275;
Iron Silver, ol0; Mexican, 365; MntuaL 140;
Navajo, 140; Ontario, 3350; Ophir, 562; Plymouth,
80O: Savage, 360; Sierra Nevada, 335; Standard,
140: Silver King 100; Union Consolidated. 310;
Yellow Jacket, 450.
St. Louis Lead dull and lower.
..JS7 YOMC-Cppper nominal; lake, February,
$16 50. Lead dull and easier; domestic $3 77K
Tin firm and fairly active; straits, $21 9a
Other Oil OInrkets.
Titusvtlle, February 2. Opened, 85c;
highest, 85Jic: lowest, 85c: closed, 85c
Oil City. February 2. Opened, 85-Kc; high
est, 85Jfc; lowest, 85Kc; closed. S5Jc
Bradford, February 2. Opened, 85Jc; high
est, 85c: lowest. 85Jc: closed. 85Jc
New York, February 2. Petroleum opened
steady at S5Jc and sagged off c in the first
hour. The trading was very light, the execu
tion of some small buying orders being suffi
cient to advance prices p, and the market
closed firm at 85c Sales, 436,000 barrels.
Some of the Marked Features of Trade
Hlch Grade Stnff at a Premium Les
sons for Consumers and Fro
dncers Outlook for
Office of the Pittsbueg Dispatch, (
SATURDAY. February 2, 188U. J
The marked trade features of the week
hare been the increasing demand and up
ward turn of eggs and choice creamery but
ter. Markets are still glutted with low
grade butter and no upward tendency has yet
materialized for this grade. It still goes beg
glng. Genuine stuff is. however, in much bet
ter demand at better prices than a week ago.
There has probably never been a season when
it was more clearly demonstrated in all lines of
trade that high grade country produce pays the
best in tbe long ran than through thisseason of
abundance, , With supplies all over tbe land
beyond the needs of consumers, the quality of
goods Is everythng. This fact has been con
stantly brought out through the winter by vis
its to tho stock yards. Grain Exchange, and
produce commission houses. Inferior grades
have done as much to depress aud demoralize
markets as the excessive supplies.
The general testimony of tradespeople is
that the quality of fruits, vegetables and dairy
productions this season falls below the aver
age, as the quantity is much above tho average.
If producers will take the lesson of this season
to heart, and henceforth give greater attention
to tho quality of tbe materials prepared for
markets, this "winter of their discontent" may
in the future be looked back to as a season
yielding the greatest profits after all. These
abundant seasons have their uses over aud
above the fact that they furnish cheap food to
the millions, and are therefore a great benefit
to the poor. Tbe genuine is at premium when
the spnrions abounds. Last winter everything
in the line of produce and dairy products would
readily sell at remunerative prices. Producers
and dealers enjoyed it immensely, but the cost
of living was expensive to the multitude The
present season gives the millions of toilers and
consumers their Innings.
The range of prices for light packing hogs at
Liberty to-day is $5 25 to $5 35, and at Chicago
S4 75 to So 00. At tho latter place these figures
are a reduction of 5 to 10c from Friday's rates.
At East Liberty the run has been small all the
week, and especially in light weights of 150 to
200 pounds supply has not been equal to
demand. The difference in price is fully
25 to 35c in favor of light hogs. Accord
ing to former experience the difference should
bo the other way. Heavy weights almost al
ways bring most money per pound. While
good, smooth well fatted hogs weighing 250
pounds sold to-day at Liberty for 5c, those
ranging from 170 to 185 touched as high figures
as $5 35. Reports from Chicago show the aver
age weight of hogs received there for tho
mouth of January 36 pounds above the average
for the same month List year, and lor tbe sea
son beginning NovemDer 1 an average of 18 to
19 pounds above last season.
The total number of hogs received at the
principal live stock centers of the Northwest
is 675,000 less than last year at this time. But
the increased weight this year brings a product
equal to 100.000 hogs If the Increase is 20
pounds to a hog, and it is certainly above that
figure. At this date the number of pieces of
ham, shoulders and bacon, sa.ted away forsum
mer use. is in round numbers 1,300,000 less than
at the same last year.
The outlook for lower priced hog product3"ls
not so strong when these figures are considered
as would naturally be supposed by one only look
ing at tbe reduced price of hogs as compared
with a year ago. A leading packer claims that
cuts shouldbe higher. Saldhef'Farmersare get
ting a good price for hogs, considering the
abundance and cheapness of corn, and in my
iudgment prices ought to dtift to tho neigh
borhood of 4c" Lard is off Jc to-day in sym
pathy with the drooping prices of heavy hogs.
With this exception hog products rale steady.
I Interesting Fncts Embodied in the Clearing
House Report A Steady Gain.
The local money market Satnrday was quiet
and easy. There was a fair amount of check
ing, but depositing was slow. There was very
little out of town demand. Rates were steady
at former quotations. Tho Clearing House
statement for the day, week And month, with
comparative figures, shows the following
Exchanges 1,736,02 07
iiiujutca .... .,K? 17
Exchanges for tbe week ll,03t,579 29
Balances for the week 1,839,113 39
Exchanges, dallyaverage 1,838,596 6.1
Excbanses last week i2.3a.,u"it
Balances last week 1,870,940 3)
Exchanges, dallyaverage 1044,725 71
Exchanges for the month 53,413,835 49
Same time last year 51,922,265 24
Money on call at New York yesterday was
easy at 2 per cent. Prime mercantile paper. 4
6 per cent. Sterling exchange dull, but
steady at $4 86 for 30 day bills and $1 88X for
LITE STOCK MAKKETS.
Condition of the Market at the East Liberty
Office of Pittsburg Dispatch.
Saturday. February 2, 1889. J
Cattle Receipts, SCO head; shipments. 660
head; market, nothing doing; all through con
signments; 7cars of cattle shipped to New York
Hoos Receipts, 3,200 head: shipments. 2,500
head; market dull on heavy, fair on light;
Philadelphias, $4 804 90: mixed, $5 005 10:
pigs and Yorkers. S5 255 30; U cars of hogs
shipped to New York to-day.
Sheep Receipts, 1,200 bead: shipments, 1,000
head; market dull aud unchanged prices.
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Chicago Cattle Recelnts, 2.000 head: ship
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beeves, $1 334 75; steers, $2 904 30: stockers
and feeders. $2 003 40; cows, bulls and
mixed, $1 503 00: Texas cattle, 52 003 50.
Hogs Receipts. 17,500 head: shipments, 400
head: market slow and b10c lower; mixed,
S4 554 rS: heavy, $4 604 80; light, S4 7005 00;
pigs, J4 005 10. Sheep Receipts, 1,500 head;
shipments, 500 head: market steadv; natives,
$3 7505 10: western corn fed. S4 204 70; Texans.
$3 60S4 50; lambs, $4 506 25.
St. Louis Cattle Receipts. 200 head; ship
ments, 700 bead: market steady: choice heavy
native steers, $3 704 25; fair to good do, S3 00
(i3 SO: butchers' steers, medium to choice,
$2 603 20; stockers and feeders, fair to
good, SI 902 70: rangers, corn-fed. $3 003 70;
grass-fed. $1 702 80. Hogs Receipts. 2,200
head: shipments. L300 head: market easv-
' choice heavy and butchers' selections. $4 70j)
4 eu ; pacKing, mecuum to prime, S4 wegi 75;
light grades, ordinary to best, S4 704 85.
oneep neceipis, iwneaa; smpment.,,uheau;
market strong; fair to choice, $3 005 00.
CiifCCWATl Hogs dull and lower; common
and light. S4 105 00; packing and butchers',
S4 654 90; receipts, 2,090 head; shipments.
Factories throughout Western
For prices see market quotations,'"
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Movements of Specie.
New" York, February 2. The exports of
specie from the port of New York last week
amounted to $398,051, of .which $19,300 was
in gold, and $378,754 in silver. All the gold
and SIL004 in silver was shipped to South Am er
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imports of specie dnring tbe week amounted
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